July 28, 2014

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Columbus firefighter critical after lightning strike at Crew game

Lt. Stu Tudor

Lt. Stu Tudor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a central Ohio firefighter remained in critical condition two days after he went into cardiac arrest when lightning struck outside a soccer stadium before an MLS game.

A spokeswoman for the Columbus Division of Fire says authorities believe the off-duty firefighter was struck Saturday while attending a charity event at Crew Stadium. The department said Lt. Stu Tudor was still listed in critical condition Monday.

The president of the local firefighters union told The Columbus Dispatch on Sunday that Tudor was in a medically induced coma as doctors worked to assess the extent of the 54-year-old firefighter’s injuries.

Saturday’s game between the Crew and FC Dallas was rescheduled for Sunday after the lightning strike. The game ended in a draw.

  • Steven

    sooo. was this the “first” strike, or did the stadium not cancel the game if lightning was seen prior to this strike? The stadium hopefully has such procedures in place. If not, their lawyers will be working hard to protect them this time. (and if so, and they didn’t cancel it, working even harder).

    If you see lightning (on the horizon), it’s too close to be in a stadium, open field, even under a tree. Odds of being hit are small, but why increase your chances?